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How do I update my TeX distribution?

I'm trying to compile a document that only works with an up-to-date distribution, so I'd like to know: how do I update my distribution? Please provide screenshots where appropriate. List of answers ...
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Why does TeX Live "require" yearly updates?

Every year TeX Live provides a new version. My recollection is that soon after a new version is released, the old version's tlmgr stops fetching updates to packages. They provide upgrading ...
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What is the preferable setup for MiKTeX to keep all packages up-to-date easily?

By default, MiKTeX is set up for all users to the folder C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9 However, packages added on-the-fly go to the folder C:\Users\CurrentUser\AppData\Roaming\MiKTeX\2.9 (in case of ...
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A MiKTeX update removed amsmath as obsolete – can I use another package or get it back?

I have a problem with amsmath package. After an update this package was removed because it was obsolete. But what package can use instead of amsmath?
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MikTeX 2.8 Update Error "Windows API error 87"

I was happily updating packages when the following error appeared: Error: Windows API error 87: The parameter is incorrect. The full update report with this error at the very end is as follows: ...
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tlmgr: unexpected return value from verify_checksum: -5

When I am trying to update TeX Live I receive an error. Why does this happen and what does the error mean? $ tlmgr update --self --all /usr/local/texlive/2019/bin/x86_64-linux/tlmgr: unexpected ...
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Update TikZ/PGF on mac

the TeXLive 2012 distribution on my Mac is shipped with TikZ version 2.10 - I want to use (try) the CVS (most updated beta(?) version). Here's what I've done so far: Downloaded the the TDS package ...
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MacTeX - TeX Live Utility broken after 2015 update

I have the following strange message. The repository at ftp://ftp.oleane.net/pub/CTAN/systems/texlive/tlnet has TeX Live 2015, but you have TeX Live 18446744073709551615 installed. You need to ...
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TeX Live Manager crashes with "Unknown docfile tag"

Today my TeX Live 2013 stopped updating packages. I use tlmgr to update packages but it's crashing with the following error: $ sudo tlmgr update Unknown docfile tag: texmf-dist/doc/latex/pythontex/...
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Update a package after TeX live freeze?

I realized that I want/have to update a package (moderncv). The problem is that TeX Live went frozen – so there are no more updates. Is the only thing to do is wait till the release of the next TeX ...
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How to solve "Mismatched LaTeX support files" problem permanently

Background I updated my TeX Live installation on my Mac a while ago and got the error LaTeX3 Error: Mismatched LaTeX support files detected. I found a solution at Mismatched LaTeX support files ...
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Extra \endgroup error with RevTeX after update

After today's update, when I try to use one of the RevTeX classes: \documentclass{revtex4-2} \begin{document} \end{document} I get: ! Extra \endgroup. \document ->\endgroup ...
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'Generic hook <name> is deprecated' warning after update

I have had a warning for a few days (since I updated MiKTeX): LaTeX hooks Warning: Generic hook (hooks) 'file/after/translations-basic-dictionary-french.trsl' is (hooks) ...
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What happened to \luatextextdir?

As of today, the command \luatextextdir does no longer seem to work. I employ the command in order to be able to typeset Arabic. To that end I created the following commands: \newcommand{\arabtext}[1]...
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Update / Install the newest version of LaTeX3

The developing of LaTeX3 goes on. However some feature will be improved or added. The LaTeX3 team can't upload every day a new version to CTAN. How can I install the newest version LaTeX3?
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How often do I have to synchronize MikTeX?

This is a follow-up question of media9.sty not found. Basically, I had to synchronize MikTeX in order to get the package. So, how often do I have to synchronize MikTeX in order for it not to miss ...
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What have been the most important changes to LaTeX in the last five years? (2005–2010)

I hope I will not be flamed for this question, but I have been out of the loop for the last five years. Therefore my question is: what do you consider the most important changes to LaTeX in the last ...
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Do I risk breaking documents by updating my TeX distribution?

I ran into a feature missing because its package was out to date and started the MikTeX update utility for the first time after installing MikTeX in February. The updater found dozens of packages that ...
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How frequently should one update packages?

When programming, I take some care regarding updating of external dependencies, to be sure that my code isn't affected. With LaTeX (I'm using MikTeX), it seems harder to know when I should update ...
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How can I automate "regression testing" for LaTeX documents, when updating packages?

I recently asked a related question about how often one should update LaTeX packages. Supposing that I update a bunch of packages in one go, or regularly update with only a few packages changing, how ...
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How can I update TikZ/PGF?

I am searching a script that will do the following. Removing all old PGF/TikZ files in my local texmf tree Installation of all new PGF/TikZ in my local texmf tree of the csv repository: PGF and TikZ -...
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How to update LuaTeX binary (TeXLive on GNU/Linux)?

MikTeX provides access to the latest binaries through the miktex-nxt update channel. While being windows-only all these years, in 2018, it looks like Mr Schenk is extending his distribution to certain ...
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Be careful with latest MikTeX update: MSVCP140_CODECVT_IDS.dll missing [closed]

I noticed that almost all of the MikTeX binaries were updated (looks like they were released today). After backing up my install (if you don't do this before applying updates, you should...), I ...
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Error in Updating FNDB after last update [closed]

After updating packages this morning nothing works anymore (I am working under Windows 8). Particularly, compiling files with TeXWorks returns the message: running 'initexmf --quiet --update-fndb' to ...
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Can I avoid connecting to MiKTeX update server? [closed]

It seems that each time I try to update/install new packages, the MiKTeX update wizard will internally first connect to http://api.miktex.org/Repository.asmx. Is it possible to skip this step? It's ...
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problem with MiKTeX after updating

I use Windows 10 Pro and I updated MiKTeX for solving that problem. The problem now is that when I select: MiKTeX package manager, system says that mpm_mfc_admin.exe can't be found, MiKTeX settings, ...
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What does "skipping forcibly removed package xxx" mean? Should I care about it?

I got the following messages when updating TeX Live 2012 using the provided GUI. What does "skipping forcibly removed package xxx" mean? Should I care about it?
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tlmgr error: perl.exe has stopped working

I have been using TeX Live 2010 on my Windows 7 computer for some time now, without problems. Recently I decided to use the TeX Live Manager to check for updates, which were successfully installed. ...
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After MacTeX manual update how should I remove the old one?

MacTeX 2014 is installed on OS X. But how can I remove the old one? Or is it automatically overwritten?
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MiKTeX209-jpeg.dll is missing

After installing MiKTeX 2.9 on Windows 7, I can open TeXworks but only if I do not use the MiKTeX updater. After updating MiKTeX after installation and whenever I try to open TeXworks, I get the ...
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Updating packages while TeX Live is frozen

This is a follow on to my question from from last year about Why does TeX Live "require" yearly updates?. TeX Live is again in the freeze period and no new packages or updates will be ...
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Do I need to run non-tlmgr tools each time I use Tex Live Utility to update Tex?

I've made some modifications to my TeX installation outside of the TeX Live Utility, which I use primarily, as a convenient way to keep my installation up to date. For example, I've added some fonts ...
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Updating TeX on Linux

I am trying to use the algorithm, algorithmicx, and caption environment. In the log file I have Release 2.5 -- March 13 1995 -- and I have compiling errors which other people don't have. So I would ...
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ERROR After Updated Modules at ConTeXt? [closed]

I have problem after update modules at ConTeXt and I can’t use module at my document before I can. My MWE from this link : http://downloads.ziddu.com/download/23836664/Vektor.rar.html You can see my ...
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What have been the most important changes to LaTeX in the last five years? (2011–2016)

I spent the last two years out of the loop and came looking for information about the recent advances within the (La)TeX ecosystem, basically to see whether the issues I found frustrating enough to ...
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Cannot find TeX Live root using kpsewhich --var-value=SELFAUTOPARENT

I am upgrading from TeX Live 2018 to 2019 following https://tug.org/texlive/upgrade.html At step 8 I encounter a problem. Running sh update-tlmgr-latest.sh -- --upgrade in /usr/local/texlive/2019 ...
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'What's new' on tlmgr

I'm using tlmgr to update packages. Once a week I use it and update all. But some times I'd like to know what are the changes on some packages. Is it possible to show this? Maybe clicking somewhere ...
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TeX Live issue after update - `fmtutil.cnf` not found

I recently updated TeX Live to following version TeX 3.1415926 (TeX Live 2013/Arch Linux) and cannot compile any file anymore, it fails with error $ pdflatex blab.tex This is pdfTeX, Version 3....
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Wrapping the document environment into another environment fails since LaTeX Update of October 2020

Since the last LaTeX Update, wrapping \document into another environment fails, possibly because of the new hook management system. The following used to work: \documentclass{article} \newenvironment{...
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Upgrade to MacTeX 2011 without redownloading entire distribution?

Is it possible to upgrade from MacTeX 2010 to 2011 without downloading the entire package for new? I’ve tried starting the instructons for upgrading TeXLive at tug.org/texlive/upgrade.html, up to ...
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Fresh install of MacTex on El Capitan, Tex Live version shown as 0

On a fresh install of El Capitan and MacTex, I'm getting this error message while the texlive utility is checking for updates: The repository at http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/CTAN/systems/texlive /tlnet/...
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Corrupted TeXLive2012 installation? (File `l3candidates.sty' not found)

This is a follow up to my earlier question, Corrupted TeXLive2012 installation? (Option clash for currfile). Refer to that question for the history. With an "updated" TeXLive2012, I am now ...
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Transfer installed packages when installing a new TexLive release

Currently I have TexLive2016 with some packages installed via tlmgr. Now I would like to switch to the 2017 release and I was wondering if it is possible to somehow install the same packages in the ...
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MikTeX update packages

How to update MikTeX please? In the second picture I tried this opportunity and the update not succed. I read that admin update help, but I cannot it open. I have nothing ticked and select all is grey....
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Update Mac binaries on Ubuntu server with tlmgr (TeX Live 2011)

How can I update the Mac binaries of a TeX Live installation on a Ubuntu server? The setup is the following: I have a headless Ubuntu 11.10 server running on which I have installed TeX Live 2011. ...
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The pdfscreen's overlay command makes magin error with texlive 2021

However beamer class is the best class for presentations, pdfscreen package exports slide quick from a LaTeX file. The background image with overlay command has been perfect before. When the Texlive ...
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What steps does a code package follow until it can be installed by tlmgr?

I am waiting for a package update to become available on TeX Live. Think In this process, I noticed I had no idea how many steps are required for a package update to be visible by tlmgr update. So ...
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MikTeX 2.9 without list of packages in settings program [closed]

Today I updated MikTeX and the process aborted. After that, the program does not show the list of packages in the update (admin) program. I changed the package repository address and the program ...
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Updated Packages, Now LaTeX Won't Compile: ""MiKTeX Configuration Utility" did not succeed"

I updated my packages in MikTeX Console this morning and appear to have somehow broken my LaTeX distribution. Everything worked fine a few days ago, and now it does not. Normally I'd try reinstalling ...
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Biber error after MiKTeX update

After having updated Biber from 1.5 version to 1.8, while the build time, I'm getting errors on the \begin{document} of my latex code telling that File ended while scanning use of \field.. I've tried ...
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